On February 12, Ukrainian security services detained
ex-President of Georgia and former Odessa mayor Mikheil Saakashvili at a Kiev restaurant and sent him to Poland against his will.
After being stripped of his Ukrainian citizenship, Saakashvili forced his way across the border upon his return from Poland in September. Authorities stated
that "therefore, in compliance with all legal procedures, he was returned to the country from which he arrived."
Saakashvili has been highly outspoken against his former ally, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, for the last several months. In January, a Georgian court sentenced
Saakashvili to three years in prison for abuse of power during his presidency and has asked Ukraine for extradition.
CENTRAL ASIA & ENERGY:
China has blamed
Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan for a serious shortfall in gas deliveries through the China-Central Asia LNG pipeline. China has accused its Central Asian suppliers of hoarding gas for more lucrative sales in Europe.
There have been reports over the last year of disguised Chinese troops being sent to Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to conduct surveillance along gas pipelines.
In opposition to a language law passed in Ukraine last September, Hungary blocked
a meeting between the countries' NATO defense ministers which was scheduled for February 14-15.
The law prevents linguistic and ethnic minorities, including ethnic Hungarians, from receiving secondary education in their mother tongue. NATO and U.S. officials have urged the countries to settle their differences over the law.
On February 14, Ukraine conceded
to extending the transition period for the introduction of the law's language provision until 2023.